Book Publishing - How to Construct Your First Book for Long Term RoyaltiesGuest Post by By Neil Harland
First you'll have to make a list of all the topics that are of interest to you, or have expert knowledge of. There's no point in planning on a book that you are not going to be able to write about, as you'll simply lose interest and not be able to focus on getting the project complete.
Now don't go thinking you'll make a load of money from fiction books. Yes the author's of fifty shades of grey and Harry Potter may have made millions from it, but much harder for the small fry startup to achieve.
So from your list of interests, pick out the one you love the most, and if it's something you do regularly in your job, etc, then even better. Now before you can begin writing, you'll need to do loads of reading up and revision on the subject, so over to Google or get down to the local library and get stuck in. This gets the brain loaded up with all the ammunition you'll need to conquer the task of writing the book.
Even if you're outsourcing the writing part, you still need some background knowledge of the subject so the instructions you give your ghostwriter must be clear cut and thinks must be accurate if your book is to become a big hit.
So when reading up on the subject and getting ideas for your book, jot down loads of notes as you go along. And brainstorm your own ideas and ways you can make it as original as possible, as if you don't your cover will be blown and people will know it's just a re-hash of someone elses work.
Next step is to decide on chapter names. Then look over your notes and estimate how many pages you are going to have in the book. I would aim for a minimum of five to ten pages per chapter.
So in your favourite word processor, start out with your list of chapter names all in order, with bold typeface. Then you can get stuck into the writing part. And if you have a passion for the subject that won't be much of a problem, unless you're not a fast typer. In that case you should hire someone from a freelance site, just do a Google search for 'freelance ghostwriters' or 'content' or 'article' writers. You'll find some quite talented people for great price too.
Then once your chapter text has been written up, time to do the Contents table. Most word processors these days have an automated feature that will generate the list. However for ebooks, it's a good idea to link each item in the contents list with the corresponding Chapter title. This is fairly easy to do, you just use the same method as for linking to a web page, but instead link to an 'anchor' or 'section' marker point within the document.
Finally, you'll want to proof read your new masterpiece. Look out for typos, bad grammar, and of course double check any facts you've used. It would also be a good idea to have someone else read it before publishing, and get a bit of feedback too.
So at this stage you have all the text ready and checked. The cover is next, and most importantly, the book title. If your graphic design skills are good, go ahead and design your own front cover. For an ebook you can get one done quite cheaply on a freelancers hiring site. The main thing here is the title - it must read like a headline of a sales letter and attract the perosn into buying your book.
Then onto ebook formats. When they first came about, many software programs popped up that would generate an executable file as the ebook. However some devious people were implanting malicious code into them, and virus scan software would then detect the ebook as a bad file, resulting in people not opening the ebook at all. So the format I suggest for your final ebook is the cross platform PDF file format. It works on Apple Macs, iPads as well as Windows systems. You can even set opening and editing passwords to protect from fraudulent copying of your ebook.
Now for the big question. How do you set this up for ongoing royalty payments? Well, as most will know it is very hard to get your book into stores like Easons or Barnes & Noble and the like. Well the answer is Amazon. They will even print it and market it on their site for you, although they do take a fair percentage, but you don't have to lift a finger once you get up and running.
Thenk the Kindle publishing platform is even better again. You simply upload your ebook file, write a description, set your price and that's it. But you'll get paid less per sale, although chances are more units will sell than the hard copy versions.
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